November 2022: List of top 5G smartphones under Rs 20,000

Last month, Airtel and Reliance Jio began offering 5G trial services in several cities across the country. They plan to expand to more cities in the coming months and hope to complete the process by the end of 2023.

As of now, the tests show that compatible phones can achieve average wireless download speeds of up to 1 Gbps. The 5G connectivity also ensures that there is low latency when playing cloud-based gaming. And users will not experience any buffering issues while streaming HDR or Full HD videos on Over-The-Top (OTP) multimedia apps on the phone.

If you are looking for an affordable 5G phone, here are some of the best options available on the market:

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
It features a 6.59-inch Full HD+ (2412x1080p) LCD display with 120Hz refresh rate support. It also comes with dual SIM slots (nano SIM-1 + nano SIM-2) and a built-in fingerprint sensor.

Inside, it’s packed with a 6nm-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 octa-core chipset, Adreno 619L GPU, Android 12-based OxygenOS 12, 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM with 128GB/256GB (UFS 2.2) storage and a 5,000mAh battery with 33W SuperVOOC charger. 5G Bands-(SA/NSA)–1, 28, 41, 77, 78.

It also features a three-camera module – main 64MP (f/1.79) + 2MP (f/2.4) depth + 2MP macro camera (f/2.4) with LED flash, supports up to 4K 30fps video recording. On the front is 16 MP (with Sony IMX471 sensor, f/2.4). The price starts at Rs 18,999.

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Samsung Galaxy F23 5G
It features a 6.6-inch Full HD+ (2408x1080p) LCD screen with an Infinity-U display design, supports a 120Hz refresh rate and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shield. It also comes with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, three dedicated slots for two SIM cards and a micro SD card.

Samsung phone includes 8nm-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G octa-core processor with Adreno 619 GPU, 4GB/6GB RAM, 128GB storage (expandable to 1TB), Android 12-based Samsung One UI 4.1, support for 12 5G bands, module with three cameras — main 50 MP (f/1.8) supported by an 8 MP 123-degree ultra-wide-angle camera (f/2.2) and a 2 MP macro camera (f/2.4) with LED flash on the back. An 8 MP (f/2.2 ) front camera and a 5000 mAh battery with 25 W charging support. It supports multiple 5G bands (SA/NSA/Sub6) – n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66 and n78. The price starts at Rs 17,499.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
Xiaomi’s mid-range phone has a 6.67-inch full HD+ (1080×2400p) AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and supports a peak brightness of 1200 nits. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shield, hybrid SIM (nano SIM-1 + nano SIM-2 or microSD card), IR blaster and has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Under the hood, it comes with an 8nm class Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 octa-core CPU, Adreno 619L GPU, 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM with 128GB/256GB UFS 2.2 internal storage (expandable to 1TB), triple camera module– main 108 MP (with Samsung HM2 sensor, f/1.9) + 8 MP 118-degree ultra-wide angle camera, 2 MP (f/2.4) macro camera with LED flash on the back, a 16 MP (f/2.4) front camera and a 5,000 mAh battery with 67W charger. It supports multiple 5G bands – n1/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/66/77/78.

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Poco X4 Pro 5G
It features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ (1080x2400p) AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and offers a peak brightness of up to 1200 nits. It also features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, IR blaster and hybrid dual-SIM slot (nano SIM-1 + nano SIM-2 or microSD card).

Inside, it’s packed with a 6nm-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 octa-core CPU, Adreno 619L GPU, 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM with 64GB/128G/256GB UFS 2.2 storage (expandable to 1TB), Android 11 with MIUI 13, a triple -camera module- main 64MP supported by 8MP 118-degree ultra-wide angle sensor and 2MP (f/2.4) macro camera with LED flash on the back, 16MP (f/2.4) sensor on the front and a 5000 mAh battery with 67W charger. It also supports multiple 5G bands – SA/NSA: N1/N3/N5/N8/N28/N40/N78. The price starts at Rs 18,999.

Realme 9i 5G
It features a 6.6-inch Full HD+ (2400×1080p) LCD display and supports up to 400 nits of brightness, 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. It also supports a side-mounted fingerprint sensor,

It comes with 6nm class MediaTek Dimensity 810 octa-core with Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, Android 12-based realme UI 3.0, 4GB/6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB/128GB (UFS 2.2) storage (expandable to 2TB), triple camera module – main 50 MP (f/1.8, 80-degree FOV: field of view, ) with 2 MP monochrome (monochrome) monochromatic (f/2.4) sensor and 2 MP 4 cm macro sensor (f/2.4) with LED flash on the back, an 8 MP front camera and a 5,000 mAh battery with 18 W charger. It supports eight 5G bands (SA/NSA) – 1, 5, 7, 8, 28, 41, 77 and 78. The price starts at Rs 14,999.

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Oppo A74 5G
It comes with a 6.5-inch Full HD+ (2400x1080p) LTPS LCD display, supports a 90Hz refresh rate and offers a maximum brightness of 550 nits. It also comes with dual SIM slots, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Inside, it comes with an 8nm class Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 octa-core chipset with Adreno 619 GPU, 6GB LPDDR4x RAM, Android 11-based ColorOS 11.1, 128GB storage (UFS 2.1, expandable memory up to 256GB), triple camera module– main 48 MP (f/1.7 aperture, PDAF: Phase Detection Auto Focus) + 2 MP depth sensor + 2 MP macro camera (f/2.4), an 8 MP (f/2.0) front snapper and a 5000 mAh battery with 18 W fast charging capability. It supports multiple 5G bands – n1/28A/41/77/78. The price starts at Rs 14,990.

Red Mi 11 Prime 5G
It features a 6.58-inch Full HD+ (2408 × 1080p) LCD display with brightness up to 500 nits, 30Hz/60Hz/90Hz adaptive refresh rate, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shield and P2i splash-resistant coating.

It also supports triple slots for two nano SIM cards and a microSD card, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and an IR blaster. They also come with Android 12-based MIUI 13 OS, 4GB/6GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB/128GB UFS 2.2 storage (expandable to 512GB), 7nm-class MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor with Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, dual camera module – main 50 MP (f/1.8) and 2 MP depth (f/2.4) with LED flash on the back, an 8 MP (f/2.0) camera on the front and are powered by a 5,000 mAh battery with 18 W- Charger. It supports multiple 5G bands (SA/NSA)– 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 77, 78. Pricing starts at Rs 13,999.

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
It comes with a 6.6-inch full HD+ (2408×1080p) LCD Infinity-V display, 120 Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shield, triple slots – triple slots – nano SIM-1, nano SIM- 2 and microSD card, and side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

It is powered by a 5nm-class Exynos 1280 octa-core processor with Mali-G68 GPU, Android 12-based Samsung One UI 4.1, 8GB / 6GB RAM, 128GB storage (expandable to 1TB), quad-camera module– 50MP ( f /1.8) + 5MP (f/2.2) ultra wide-angle camera + 2MP (f/2.4) depth + 2MP macro camera (f/2.4) with LED flash on the back, an 8MP (f/2.2) camera on the front and a battery of 6000 mAh with support for 25W fast charging. It supports multiple 5G bands – N38 (2600), N40 (2300), N41 (2500), N78 (3500), N1 (2100), N3 (1800), N5 ( 850), N7 (2600), N8 (900 ), N20(800), N28(700) and N66(AWS-3). The price starts at Rs 16,966.

Vivo T1 5G
It features a 6.58-inch Full HD+ (2408 × 1080p) LCD display and has a screen-to-body ratio of 83.9 percent. It has a pixel density of 401 ppi (pixels per inch) and offers a peak brightness of 460 nits, supporting a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It also houses the side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

It comes with an 8nm class Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 octa-core processor (2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold x 2 cores + 1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver x 6 cores) with Adreno 619L GPU, Android 12-based FuntouchOS 12 supported by 4GB / 6GB / 8GB LPDDR4x RAM with 128GB UFS 2.2 storage (expandable to 1TB), triple camera module – main 50MP wide sensor (f/1.8, 26mm lens, PDAF: Phase Detection Auto Focus) supported by 2 MP macro (f/2.4) camera and 2 MP (f/2.4) depth sensor with dual LED flash on the back, a 16 MP front camera and a 5000 mAh battery. It supports two 5G bands: 77 and 78 (SA/NSA). The price starts at Rs 15,990.

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iQOO Z6 5G
It comes with a 6.58-inch Full HD+ display, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 octa-core processor, 6GB/8GB RAM, Android 12 based Funtouch OS, triple camera module – 50MP + 2 MP + 2 MP – with LED flash on the back, 16 MP front camera and a 5000 mAh battery. It supports two 5G bands: n77/n78. Prices start at Rs 15,499.

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Lava Blaze 5G
With a price starting at Rs 10,999, it is the most affordable 5G phone in India. Lava Blaze 5G comes with a 6.5-inch 2.5D curved screen, supports 90Hz refresh rate and features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner with dual-SIM slots.

Lava Blaze 5G is powered by a 7nm class 2.2Ghz MediaTek Dimensity 700 octa-core processor with Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, 4GB RAM (+3GB virtual RAM) with 128GB UFS (expandable), Android 12 OS, triple-camera module- – 50 MP (f/1.8) with depth sensor and macro camera with LED flash on the back, an 8 MP front camera (f/2.0) and a 5,000 mAh battery. It supports eight 5G SA/NSA bands (1/3/5/8/28/41/77/78).

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